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Ellen Rock
  • December 26, 1952
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  • March 27, 2021

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Ellen Marie Davis Rock

Ellen Marie Davis Rock of Eustis, Florida, passed away on March 27, 2021. Ellen was born on December 26, 1952, in Huntsville, Alabama, and was the second child of Leo Paul Davis, Sr., and Mary Ellen Frew Davis.  Leo and Mary moved to Mims, Florida, in 1957, where Leo began his career as a photographer for NASA, and Mary was a Registered Nurse.  Ellen and her sister, Grace, born 11 years apart, shared the same birthdate, and were together for nearly every birthday, combining their candles on the cake and lighting up the room.

Ellen was a graduate of Titusville High School.  She was able to pursue her love of animals through her work at a veterinary clinic in Titusville, during which time she was known to bring home stray dogs, cats, goats, and other assorted creatures.  Her siblings always knew when she was the last one to drive the car, because  they always found a spare bale of hay in the back.  Later, she graduated from the  Brevard Community College School of Nursing.  Ellen then worked in the neonatal ward of Duke University Hospital in North Carolina.  Ellen loved her work there, and also loved spending time in the mountains, including her adventures with her beloved horse John Paul Jones.

Ellen then decided to follow in the footsteps of many family members, and joined the Navy as a Corpsman in 1982.  It was in the Hospital Corps School in Great Lakes, Illinois,  where she met the love of her life, her husband Anthony.  It was love at first sight for both of them, and nine months later they were married in February, 1983.  After training, Ellen and Tony were stationed in Pensacola, Florida.  They transferred to Puerto Rico, where their first child, Mary, was born in 1983.  From Puerto Rico, they transferred to NAS Cecil Field in Jacksonville, Florida.  Their second child, William, was born in 1986, and then Ellen left the Navy in 1988 to become a full-time mom.  Their third child, Thomas, was born in 1989.  The family transferred to Pensacola, Florida, in 1996.

After Anthony retired from the Navy in 2002, the family then settled in Eustis, Florida, to be closer to family.  Ellen loved being a stay-at-home mom, and truly exemplified selfless, unconditional love as she took care of her precious family.  Ellen also loved growing plants and flowers, and her passion for animals was a blessing to all the creatures who crossed her path.  Ellen was a very talented artist, and her other lifelong hobbies included ceramics, music, movies, reading, painting, art appreciation, and one of Ellen’s greatest gifts was saving injured or orphaned animals.  Ellen loved watching Sci Fi, especially Dr. Who and Star Trek, and had a lifelong love of learning which included watching documentaries.  Anthony retired from Orange County Fire Rescue in 2018. They loved to travel, and see the country.  One of Ellen’s greatest joys in life was being a grandmother, and what a wonderful legacy of love she leaves them and the rest of her family.

Ellen was preceded in death by her parents, Leo and Mary, and by her older brother Leo Paul Davis, Jr..  Ellen is survived by her husband, Anthony W. Rock, daughter Mary Grace Mancillas (Jose) of Eustis, Florida, son William A. Rock (Amanda) of Eustis, Florida, son Thomas P. Rock (Christine) of Eustis, Florida, brother James E. Davis (Kelli) of Park City, Kentucky, brother Robert D. Davis (Nancy) of Mims, Florida, sister Grace D. Weber (John) of Leesburg, Florida, sister-in-law Kathi Russell of North Carolina, four grandchildren (Mia, Elijah, Zoey, and Ethan), many nephews and nieces, and great-nephews and nieces.  In lieu of flowers, memorial donations in Ellen’s name may be made to Big Cat Rescue in Tampa, Florida, or to the Lupus Foundation of America.


Instead of flowers, the family would prefer if you would make a donation to
Big Cat Rescue in Tampa, Florida, or to the Lupus Foundation of America

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  1. Carrilyn Rock says:
    03 Apr 2021
    Thank you Ellen for the time you spent with us all. Your legacy will live on in all of us. I will miss you dearly. I dedicate this poem to you.

    Candles

    Fly out to the horizon
    And I'll meet you there,
    Toward the moon so full
    Of love tonight,
    A brilliant moon,
    Full of love,
    In a cerulean blue sky,
    Peaking over the top of mountains,
    The sun melts,
    Into the magenta colored clouds,
    I see the stars as the blessings
    You leave with me.

    Some places are a bit more empty now,
    But I am never truly alone
    When you are in my heart.
    I will tell the world of who you were
    And I will pass along your story
    So they may know you
    You will never be forgotten.
    Because you were a spark
    The light that moved thousands of hearts,
    Speaking truth and wisdom.

    Not once did you go it alone,
    Beside you we stood,
    Together in love,
    Stronger than a hurricane's wind,
    Bonded bit by bit,
    From sweat, tears, and blood
    With hearts and prayers
    We carry your legacy with arms and legs,
    Walking into the unknown,
    God watches over us
    As he did for you.

    We rest tonight knowing
    You are at peace.
    You have worked hard.
    Bring your ship to the shore
    Down by the drifting clouds,
    Settle in the comfort of our hearts
    Guide us with the knowledge you left with us,
    Send words of love in the whispers of the Angels.

    Tears may trickle down my face
    In times I think about you
    Although I know I'll meet you there
    Up on the edge of the world,
    Please watch over me,
    My guardian angel,
    My beloved,
    You are forever in my heart,
    I'll see you soon,
    But until then,
    I love you.
    Rest for now.
    Good night
    Until the dawn comes again.

  2. Nancy Davis says:
    03 Apr 2021
    Ellen was always loving and welcoming. When I first came to Florida, she made me feel at home. An amazing lady.

  3. Robert Davis says:
    03 Apr 2021
    Ellen has never not been a part of my life.
    She was my Sister and I loved her very much.
    I'll miss her until the day we meet again.

  4. Rachel posted an image:
    02 Apr 2021
    Just pure beauty and elegance.
    Just pure beauty and elegance.

  5. Rachel posted an image:
    02 Apr 2021
    Aunt Ellen and Uncle Tony came all the way to Daytona to snuggle a new Emma Rose. Aunt Ellen always loved the children in this family extremely well and gave her love so selflessly.
    Aunt Ellen and Uncle Tony came all the way to Daytona to snuggle a new Emma Rose. Aunt Ellen always loved the children in this family extremely well and gave her love so selflessly.

  6. Rachel says:
    02 Apr 2021
    Aunt Ellen, you have been a bright, shining light in my life and the lives of our children. Thank you for your love and your beautiful smile and laugh. You are missed more than words can express.

  7. Grace Weber says:
    30 Mar 2021
    I love you, Ellen. Rest well in Jesus' arms, and in the loving embrace of Mom, Dad, Paul, and the rest of the family waiting there for you.

  8. Anthony Rock posted an image:
    30 Mar 2021
    I miss you
    I miss you

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